World Cafe

Monday - Friday 7pm
David Dye

Since 1991, World Cafe has been a premier showcase for contemporary music serving up an eclectic blend that includes blues, rock, world, folk, and alternative country. The show is hosted by long-time Philadelphia radio personality David Dye.

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  • Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pm
    David Dye's guest is Bob Mould on this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. He became one of the most influential artists of the '80s with seminal punk three-piece, H?sker D?. After a venture into dance music, he's released a string of guitar-driven albums since 2005, including the new one, Beauty and Ruin. Mould performs live today, and he'll share the stories from his life that inspired many of the new songs.
  • Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pm
    David Dye welcomes Dave and Phil Alvin on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. The brothers formed influential band The Blasters in 1979, but later split up for over a decade. Now reunited, they've released Common Ground, a tribute to bluesman Big Bill Broonzy, whose career spanned the '30s through the '50s. Dave and Phil explain how they reinterpreted his songs and perform some live today.
  • Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pm
    Hamilton Leithauser joins host David Dye on this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN. After playing together for over a decade, his celebrated band, The Walkmen, went on hiatus last year. Leithauser, along with the other band members, has since turned his focus to solo work and recently released a solo debut, Black Hours. He'll talk about the Sinatra-inspired collection today and performs a set from the stage of World Cafe Live.
  • Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pm
    On this episode of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye welcomes Against Me!, who have a new album called Transgender Dysphoria Blues. The punk band's lead singer, Laura Jane Grace, changed her name from Tom Gabel and began living as a woman in 2012, after experiencing gender dysphoria all her life. We'll hear her story today, along with Against Me!'s rocking live performance.
  • Monday, August 4, 2014 6:21pm
    On this edition of World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN, David Dye's guest is Sharon Van Etten. Her 2009 debut, Because I was in Love, was quickly embraced for its emotional honesty, and just three years later, The National's Aaron Dessner produced her successful disc, Tramp. Her new one, Are We There, was written completely on the road, as Van Etten explains today, and she plays for an audience at World Cafe Live.

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1:55pm

Mon September 22, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Cleopatra Degher

Cleopatra Degher.
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Our World Cafe: Next artist this week, Cleopatra Degher, released her first full-length album, Pacific, earlier this month. Degher joins a rich lineage of folk musicians from the Golden State, but her spot in that history came with a long detour: Though born in San Diego, she grew up in Sweden and didn't return to California until she was 18.

Still, Degher's open, breezy arrangements speak fluent Californian. It's as if she never left.

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2:33pm

Mon September 15, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Motel Beds

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The fun, breezy Dayton garage-rock band Motel Beds has released five albums since 2001, and just put out a best-of compilation called These Are The Days Gone By. It's hard to choose, but World Cafe: Next showcases a couple of them in this episode, including one that goes back to the group's debut.

Don't forget to download the World Cafe: Next podcast, too.

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2:23pm

Mon September 8, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Cory Branan

Originally published on Tue September 9, 2014 12:59 pm

Cory Branan.
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OK, so our World Cafe: Next artist this week isn't exactly a new artist. It was back in 2000 that the Recording Academy chapter in his hometown of Memphis named him "Newcomer Of The Year." He pokes fun at the lack of national attention he's received since then in the title of his fourth album, The No-Hit Wonder.

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10:51am

Tue September 2, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Crow Moses

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Chicago folk artist Crow Moses is a veteran of sorts in his city's music scene, but the name might not be familiar. That's because is upcoming album, Horse Heaven Hills, is the first title recorded under his own name. The experimental musician previously released albumsas Musikanto — Ghost Pain in 2009 and Sky of Dresses in 2011.

It's no wonder Moses wanted to go by his actual name on Horse Heaven Hills — there are some remarkably strong songs on this record. Listen to two of them in this World Cafe: Next segment.

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12:18pm

Mon August 18, 2014
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World Cafe Next: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson.
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Our World Cafe: Next artist this week is a singer-songwriter from Eastern Kentucky named Sturgill Simpson. Earlier this year he self-released his second album, Metamodern Sounds in Country Music. He has called it a "social consciousness" concept album disguised as a country record. That may be, but there is no disguising Sturgill's amazing voice and the songwriting on this record.

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